Recently, I saw a film that I think is good, but I absolutely hated watching it. I’m not going to name it here because I’m not quite ready to write about it yet – because I do think it’s very accomplished, but right now I can’t get past the fact I feel like absolute garbage after having seen it. I’m at a point where I just can’t sit through something like that right now and I hate the fact that’s true.
Like a lot of people, I have been fairly depressed since Donald Trump has taken office. Added to all the other obvious reasons, living in New York City, I worry every day he just won’t pay attention to some sort of intelligence he thinks is “fake news” and someone I care about, or myself, will get hurt. It’s just non-stop anxiety every day.
The escapism of most movies does help. And, luckily, a big part of my job is to see movies. I will now rave again about Wonder Woman: I’ve seen some accusations that people are “grading on a curve,” or whatever. To that I say, “get over yourself.” The reason Wonder Woman is hitting like it is, it’s because people are anxious and depressed and looking for anything to hold onto as hope, even a fictional superhero fighting during World War I. Wonder Woman is great, but how it makes us feel right now is what makes it special.
Right before I saw the movie I won’t mention yet, Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement. (It really is every day with this guy. By the time this publishes, it will be something else.) I couldn’t help but think back to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel, which premiered at Sundance back in January. All of a sudden this movie is now a must-see if you want to know more about the Paris Agreement. And it made me sad to think about it. The film paints the Paris Agreement as an almost impossible task that took months and months and months of intricate negotiations. The politics of such an agreement are overwhelming. And then couple that with the backdrop of the terrorist attack in Paris happening at the same time Gore was there trying to finalize the deal – a nation mourning while it also tries to make the world a better place. And then Trump kills it all because he’s mad he got stood up during a handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron. So, yes, this world is not a great place right now.